The small guesthouse, like many of these types of accommodations springing up all over the Algarve, is a converted farm house, whose renovation was no easy task. Ard and his wife, Noor, both originally from The Hague in the Netherlands, embarked on making their dream a reality by putting years of energy into not only renovating but completely rebuilding the house - Ard will be happy to share the story with interested guests. The house was officially opened as a guesthouse in 2003. The result is a beautiful and tasteful project that Ard's sons are continuing - during our visit they were building an outside living room on a wooden platform steps from the pool.
The beautifully-planted gardens are the main asset here. Thick bushes of lavender surround the trees in the front courtyard at the entrance and fragrant white Jasmine pergolas buzz with activity to the side of the main house and gives way to a neat green lawn. To the left of the house are the stables with two beautiful residents; guests can opt for riding if arranged with Ard in advance. The pool area is surrounded by thick hedges to keep the area as private as possible. There is a small gym next to the pool.
The highlight for us, is the bohemian terrace lining the back of the house, where a colour scheme of white and reds add a touch of chic to the otherwise rural guesthouse. With its lanterns and bamboo trellis, the terrace is the perfect place to sit and indulge in a cool glass of Algarvian rosé!